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My family and I chose to rent this villa based on three key points - close proximity to an airport, peace and tranquillity and, most importantly, the size of the swimming pool. Not being a family who enjoy the buzz of busy, popular holiday resorts we were really looking forward to enjoying a couple of weeks away from 'normal' life and were delighted that this property delivered on all counts.
Yes - there were niggles but there always will be when you are away from your home environment and this seems to add to the overall holiday experience. There was no kettle, for example ( yes - we are British!) so water for cups of tea had to be heated in a saucepan. The upstairs shower had enough power and heat to cut through solid steel so constant, very careful, adjustment was needed and the traffic noise from the motorway in the valley did permeate the silence.
But these are small insignificancies. In the detailed information provided by the owner, Isabel, she mentions that the property is in need of updates etc but this was / still is a family home. As such you can forgive the fact that some of the appliances are getting a bit tired. Everything worked – that’s all you need!
The pool, at 13m in length, was superb! Our family’s un-written rule is that you have to do your age in lengths every day. Of course this does mean that the oldest member (me) has to swim the furthest but as I made the rule up I can't complain! I wasn't brave enough to dive off the diving board though...
There are enough chairs on the veranda to accommodate a small army and we spent most evenings sitting out drinking wine and enjoying the evening warmth. We were also treated to a number of brilliant lightning storms in the first week of our stay which was fabulous.
The property is well within one hours drive of the delightful towns of Narni and Terni which are well worth visiting and it only takes 40 minutes to get into Rome by train from Orte station, which has a huge, cheap, long-stay car park. It only cost us 10 Euros each for a return trip and saved hours of driving and trying to park in the city.
If you are looking for 5 star hotel style accommodation then this is not the place for you. If, however, you are looking for 5 star relaxation in a property that has everything you would need for a break away from 'the norm' then we would thoroughly recommend this property.
We had a wonderful week at Villa Gianfranco. The house was very charming, with a fantastic view! The pool was clean, and the pool-area was amazing. We were provided with detailed maps, so the house was easy to find. Arrival time was flexible. The owner gave us tips about local shopping, and restaurants. We will especially recommend the local supermarket in Moricone (only 5 minutes by car). They had very good local food. And the restaurant Grano e Sale in Narni (15 minutes by car) was absolutely fantastic. We got a lot of information from Home Away, and og course from Mr. Gianfranco himself. Great service!
We do consider coming back here another year.